Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos

Born:January 8, 1958 (age 62)
Career:U.S. Secretary of Education, 2017-present
Chair of the Michigan Republican Party, 1996-2000, 2003-2005
Education:B.A. Calvin College

Elizabeth "Betsy" DeVos is the U. S. secretary of education for the Trump administration.

DeVos was born January 8, 1958, and grew up in Holland, Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics in 1979. DeVos is chairwoman of the Windquest Group, a privately held operating group that invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy that DeVos and her husband, Richard Marvin "Dick" DeVos Jr., founded in 1989. DeVos's husband is heir to the Amway fortune, ran Amway's parent company, Alticor, from 1993 to 2002, and was the 2006 Republican nominee for governor of Michigan. DeVos's brother, Erik Prince, a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer, is the founder of Blackwater USA, a private military services contractor.

DeVos was Republican national committeewoman for Michigan from 1992 to 1997 and served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000 and 2003 to 2005. She is a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, has served as chairwoman of the board of the Alliance for School Choice and the Acton Institute, and headed the All Children Matter PAC.

DeVos was confirmed as U. S. secretary of education by the Senate by a 51–50 margin on February 7, 2017, the first time in U.S. history that a Cabinet nominee's confirmation was decided by a vice president's tie-breaking vote.